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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

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PMQs: Cameron and Miliband clash on the economy

17 December 2014 13:55

Today’s PMQs was the last one before the holidays. But there was not much Christmas cheer on display. Cameron and Miliband clashed on the economy, with the Labour leader keen… Continue reading

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The Union needs balance

16 December 2014 13:45

Today’s Guardian long-read on the Scottish referendum is a great piece of journalism. Both Alistair Darling and Danny Alexander argue in it that when David Cameron stepped out of Downing… Continue reading

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Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy

14 December 2014 10:01

Tomorrow, in a sign of how keen the Tories are to keep the political debate focused on it, both David Cameron and George Osborne will give speeches on the economy.… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy wins Scottish Labour leadership contest

13 December 2014 10:44

Jim Murphy has been elected leader of the Scottish Labour party. He defeated his more left wing rival Neil Findlay with 55.59 per cent of the vote to Findlay’s 34.99… Continue reading

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PMQs: Nick Clegg delivers a perfect Cameroon performance

10 December 2014 14:16

Nick Clegg’s performance at PMQs reminded me of Field Marshall Bosquet’s verdict on the charge of the Light Brigade, ‘c’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre’. After a week… Continue reading

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We have a choice between competence and chaos, according to the Tories

8 December 2014 17:05

Competence versus chaos—that’s what the Tory leadership want to frame the next election as a choice between. Hence George Osborne’s repetition of this phrase five times in one brief interview… Continue reading

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U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers Autumn Budget Statement

The Tories aren’t planning to run a £23 billion surplus in 2019/20

7 December 2014 13:35

All the talk about the ‘colossal’ cuts to come if the Tories win re-election has been predicated on the assumption that the Tories are committed to running a £23 billion… Continue reading

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In praise of Michael Clarke

6 December 2014 14:13

The cricketing world has begun its slow trudge back to normality. Phillip Hughes has been buried and conversation has, half-heartedly, began to turn back to the game itself. Australia will… Continue reading

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The three Tory vulnerabilities Osborne is hoping to shut down

4 December 2014 12:04

In the last few days, George Osborne has moved to close down three Tory vulnerabilities ahead of the election campaign. First, there was the decision to put another £2 billion… Continue reading

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Another very political mini-Budget from George Osborne

3 December 2014 14:18

A preview of James Forsyth’s political column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: Autumn Statements lack the drama and traditions of the Budget. Gladstone never delivered one, there is no… Continue reading

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Tories to shut up about immigration and talk about the economy instead

30 November 2014 11:23

There is a simple political test for the autumn statement, does it make the economy Topic A again? The Tories’ election strategy relies on the economy being the dominant issue… Continue reading

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Will the Smith Commission proposals help or destroy the UK?

27 November 2014 10:55

The phrase ‘Britain will never be the same again’ is overused. But today its use is justified. The Smith Commission proposals on further devolution for Scotland are a huge step… Continue reading

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PMQs: Ukip’s presence unnerves both the Tories and Labour

26 November 2014 13:36

Ed Miliband is determined to talk about the NHS as much as possible at PMQs while David Cameron wants the economy to be Topic A. The result: Miliband asks about… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

No breathing space for Miliband and Labour

23 November 2014 10:06

This was meant to be the weekend when Ed Miliband got some ‘breathing space’, a chance to recover after the last torrid few weeks. But his—and his party’s—troubles are still… Continue reading

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The politician who can fill a venue quicker than Kylie

22 November 2014 14:45

What’s the most significant political story of the week, Ukip winning Rochester or Emily Thornberry’s resignation? Well, I suspect, it might be neither of them and that the really big… Continue reading

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Thanks to Emily Thornberry’s resignation, the biggest losers from Rochester were Labour

21 November 2014 13:50

Walk round the Commons today and it is striking that Tory MPs are in relatively good spirits while Labour ones looks distinctly more downcast. At first this seems odd, after… Continue reading

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UKIP Hold A Public Meeting  Before Rochester And Strood By-Election

Ukip on course for victory in Rochester – but no Tory panic

21 November 2014 0:23

Counting is underway in the Rochester and Strood by-election and the early indications are that Ukip has won the seat on a turnout slightly over 50%. The result is expected… Continue reading

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Emily Thornberry resigns over Rochester Tweet

20 November 2014 22:32

Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow Cabinet for sending a Tweet that appeared to mock a Rochester voter who was flying several St George’s Cross from their window and… Continue reading

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Cameron and Miliband exchange insults at PMQs

19 November 2014 13:44

PMQs is in a rut. The exchanges between Cameron and Miliband now descend into the trading of insults even faster than they did before and both sides simply use PMQs… Continue reading

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How worried should the West be about Russia?

17 November 2014 18:22

The most sobering column you’ll read today is the FT’s Gideon Rachman, no doom monger, warning about the risk of a nuclear war. Rachman is concerned about how quick Vladimir… Continue reading

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UKIP Prepares For Rochester And Strood By-Election

Why Rochester won’t provide much relief for Labour

16 November 2014 10:12

Thursday can’t come soon enough for shadow Cabinet loyalists. They believe that the Rochester by-election will provide Ed Miliband with some ‘breathing space’ and turn the spotlight on David Cameron’s… Continue reading

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Hammond tries to thread the needle on EU immigration

15 November 2014 11:53

Philip Hammond’s interview in The Telegraph this morning is striking for several reasons. First, Hammond admits that Britain isn’t going to regain full control of its borders in the renegotiation.… Continue reading

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Labour’s two biggest problems—and neither of them is Ed Miliband

13 November 2014 11:00

The knives are out again for Ed Miliband this morning. But the Labour leader is the least of his party’s problems. Labour has still not come up with answers to… Continue reading

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You can vote against the government and keep your Number 10 job

12 November 2014 13:57

On Monday night, a member of the Number 10 Policy Board, Peter Lilley, voted against the government. Now, in the past, it has been made clear to the MPs on… Continue reading

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The Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted

9 November 2014 9:49

So far, this is the Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted. The papers this morning are full of awful poll findings for Ed Miliband, negative briefings and on… Continue reading

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